Avid Coffee Drinker becomes Tea Lover! Why Part 1 of 7 Series

All of my family and friends want to know what made me go from being crazy about coffee! Loving Starbucks and Caribou coffee to no longer drinking coffee… Now only drinking tea and being mad in love with Teavana and Tealux! Well I will tell you too. Over the next 7 days I will make you fall in love with tea… Not for its addictive taste but it extreme power. Each day I will cover a type of tea. Today is Green tea.

20131230-200848.jpg

Green Tea Health Benefits

Cancer prevention. Scientific research has shown that green tea drinkers have a significantly lower risk of cancer. Green tea may be especially helpful in preventing lung, prostate, breast and skin cancers and is helpful against lung cancer in former and present cigarette smokers.

Heart Disease prevention. Green tea can lower cholesterol and the risk of stroke and heart disease. Green tea antioxidants slow down the oxidation of cholesterol in the arteries. Green tea is helpful in the prevention of blood clots. In addition, drinking tea is useful to treat hypertension as green tea extracts lower blood pressure.

Tooth decay prevention. Green tea also has a positive effect on gums and and teeth. Green tea contains fluoride components that reduce the bacteria involved in tooth decay.

Weight Loss. Green tea drinkers are able to successful drop body fat because green tea can increase the metabolism in the body. It is an ideal beverage for those who wish to lose weight.

Inflammation prevention. Arthritis and cardiovascular diseases can result in inflammation in the body. Test results have demonstrated the green tea effect in preventing inflammation. Green tea lowers the amount of inflammation and over exertion in the muscles. Drinking green tea daily helps reduce swelling in the ankles, wrists, feet and legs.

Immune system support. People with a weak immune system have found great benefits from drinking green tea. The antioxidants of green tea can build up the immune system. Green tea is classified as as ‘super food’ due to its healthy components. Green tea ingredients effectively kill bacteria which cause food poisoning. It also deactivates the toxins produced by bacteria. At the same time, it soothes the stomach and the digestive system. Also, green tea inhibits the flu virus. Regular green tea drinkers have fewer infections, but more energy in their everyday life.

That’s the rundown on Green Tea… From that alone… It was enough to get me to start sipping a couple of cups a day! But guess what?… I have six more tea to discuss. Tomorrow I will give you the benefits of Oolong tea! This is gonna be a good series!

What a Beauty!

I couldn’t wait to steep my newest blooming tea from Teavana! It is a Peach Momotari Artisan Tea. The smell of this bud is so explosive… You just wanna sip it right away. So into my glass Teavana pot it goes. Normally I use my cast iron set but for blooming teas you want to see that baby do it’s magic. As it unfolds and twirls then finally blossoms into a beautiful flower on your stove… Well you are just smiling. Or at least I am. It’s the small things in life that make my world Big!

20131227-235004.jpg

OBSESSED

I am obsessed. I have a tea addiction. I am a true tea lover and should have shares in Teavana stock. Today I ventured to Teavana… As if, I needed another tea or tea cup. But I went any. This is what I headed out the door with.

20131227-205425.jpg

Peach Momotari Artisan Blooming Tea
Tupelo Honey
White Gold Honey Spoons
Pumpkin Spice Brûlée Oolong Tea

And the Oolong Tea was 50% off! They had a wide variety on sale which made my selections hard.
If I buy another Tea anytime soon I should seek help. I’m seriously running out of storage place. Wow something else to buy.

Yummy Delight!

If you want a treat you have to try Talenti gelato! My favorite is Mediterranean Mint

20131218-173314.jpg
This gelato has only 13 ingredients. It is Vegetarian, Gluten Free, HFCS Free and Kosher. 200 calories per servings. It cost about $4.99 a pint but sometimes you can get it buy one get one at Harris Teeter.

20131218-173856.jpg

Tonight’s Steep

Lavender Dreams

This is a flavored White tea that is guaranteed to soothed and calm you. If not rock you right to dream land. The lavender flowers are delightful and the tea taste is yummy.

Find this treasure at Teavana

20131218-002602.jpg

Fancy Tea

So when I want a beautiful tea. I steep one of my flowering teas. They start out as a ball. Then you add the water, bring to a boil and watch the blossom burst forth. It’s like nature on your stove. I love it!

Find this at tealux.com

20131216-164308.jpg

20131216-164323.jpg

20131216-164335.jpg

20131216-164345.jpg

Smashing

Last night it went down at PF Chang’s! One of my favorites. We smashed that food to no end… Of course, I had to have it my way and said we must share. So this is what we ordered:

Spicy Tuna Roll
Mongolian Beef
Sesame Chicken
Chang’s Spicy Chicken
Chicken LoMein
Spicy Green Beans
Brown Rice

Oh yea… It was so good that I had to order Mongolian Beef, Chang’s Spicy Chicken, Brown Rice & Spicy Green Beans to go for today! Smashing continues! Greedy indeed!

20131215-151414.jpg

20131215-151424.jpg

20131215-151437.jpg

20131215-151445.jpg

Among the Living

After my night of partying and staying till dang near morning… I’m finally up. I almost brewed a pot of coffee but I need to nourish and repair the wreck I did to my body. So this is what I do… Long steam shower then steep the finest. What do I call the finest you may ask… I will tell.
Teavana Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea mixed with Strawberry Slender Pu-Erh

Gotta flush out all those toxin I put in. Yea… That Grey Goose with cranberry juice and a splash of peach schnapps.

20131214-162841.jpg

20131214-162849.jpg